HOWARD, William, memorial, 1826
National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 200
Cape of Good Hope
1st March 1826
We the undersigned, inhabitants of Albany, having heard that William HOWARD, School Master of one of the free schools at Graham's Town, has prepared and is about to transmit to England a Memorial or Petition to the House of Commons, in Parliament assembled, wherein he has made the most unwarrantable insinuations, tending to indicate criminally the conduct and scandalize the character of several of the authorities and others in this District, and that he has in order to give the appearance of weight and authority to the said Memorial or Petition insidiously obtained the signatures of a number of persons, which are to form an application thereto; and conceiving that should such a document be laid before the Parliament of Great Britain without observation or contradiction that it might have the effect of creating an unfavourable impression on the minds of His Majesty's Ministers and the Public towards those whom we consider undeserving the stigma which he is endeavouring by these means to cast upon them,
Do hereby certify in order to counteract its mischievous tendency that in our opinion the said William HOWARD has always been an active fomenter of litigious disputes amongst the British Settlers and that it is our decided conviction that the document alluded to is a tissue of falsehood and misrepresentation, and therefore quite unworthy of the serious consideration of the British House of Commons.
William BEALE Merchant
John NORTON Merchant
Will'm E. SMITH Merchant
[Enefer?] GREEN Merchant
John MANDY Head of Party
Richard HAYHURST Head of Party
[F. FYNN?] Jun.
John BROWN Head of Party
John NELAND X
Nath'l MORGAN Head of Party Asst Surgeon Half Pay
Charls MARSHEL X
National Archives, Kew, CO48/86, 226
On this 31st Day of October 1825 I the undersigned Messenger of Albany have repaired to and in the presence of William HOWARD only summoned him to appear before the Board of Landdrost and Heemraaden in Albany of Thursday 3rd November nigh at 9 o clock in the morning, and received as answer
“I shall defend it; as I consider it an unjust Bill”
[Note at top from Wm. HOWARD]
The date of this is incorrect. It was Saturday 29th October instead of the 31st as under written.
[Note at foot of page in HOWARD's hand]
The Messenger done me great injustice by recording the above answer. The answer returned to him by me, W.H. was “Tell Mr. CLOETE that although I consider the (enclosed) Bill an unjust one, yet rather than offend the Local authorities I will pay it if they will give me a little time, as I have several just debts which I wish to discharge first.” and the Messenger was particularly cautioned to deliver the answer in my very words and he said he would, but no mercy was shown for me and I was obliged to pay the amount under great disadvantages or my property must have been sold.
A persecuted man
Did not know this answer until the Bill was paid.